How to Teach Arabic Reading – Mahmoud Al-Batal

Contributed By: Connor Seidenschwarz
Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar Foundation International
Author: Arabic Language and Culture Program - Qatar Foundation International
Collection: 2015 QFI Arabic Summer Institute
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

This is session 7 of 10 of the 2015 Arabic Summer Institute by Qatar Foundation International. This is a discussion on how to best help students develop their reading ability in Arabic through the teaching of reading strategies. Led by Mahmoud Al Batal, Professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin.

-Teaching Reading strategies
—Reading aloud
—Individual/Silent reading

-Danger of dictionaries
—Guessing Activity

*Example News Article*

-Keyword recognition, word repetition

-Focus on the known, not the unknown
—Pick out the words you know

-Goal is not to teach vocab

-Guiding questions for reading

-Root recognition

-Synonyms within Arabic
—Arabic to Arabic translation

-Discovery in reading
—A shared activity, not individual

-Discovery in reading
—Cultural aspects learned through reading

-Authentic Materials

-Putting strategies into practice

-Focus on word meaning, sentence/grammar construction

-Reading and Listening Strategies
—Very similar
—Preparation Activities
—Expectations and strategies dependent upon level

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